E401 - Emergency & Backup Diesel Generators

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4 days - 2.6 Continuing Education Units Awarded

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USD 1,995.00


Emergency & Backup Diesel Generators have become increasingly important.  Weather patterns and concerns over security are certainly two large driving forces for this need.  Many have an appreciation for how the Genset functions, but few understand the operation of the prime mover or the generator.  Participants will gain a practical understanding of both the prime mover and generator operation and maintenance, along with the prime mover and generator control devices.  This course, once a thorough review of theory has been completed, emphasizes practical knowledge, with safety always an issue.  Course content is of great benefit to technicians and engineers who are responsible for ensuring the availability of their emergency, standby, or remote generators as a reliable source of emergency power.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of electricity.
  2. Describe Apparent, True, Reactive Power and how 3-phase power is generated.
  3. Explain how the prime mover and generator excitation are used to control the output of the generator.
  4. Describe the function of a transfer switch, open and closed transfer operation, and common maintenance routines.
  5. Explain the basic operation of a static transfer switch
  6. Explain the basic control circuit of a transfer switch
  7. Explain the purpose and basic operation of a UPS system
  8. Interpret single line diagrams of facility distribution systems.
  9. Describe how the North American commercial power grid functions to provide a constant source of power with limited power quality issues.
  10. Describe the various power quality issues and how they effect the operation of customer connected systems and equipment.
  11. Describe how protective relays monitor voltage, current, phase, and frequency characteristics.
  12. Determine the correct size of Genset needed for a specific KVA load.
  13. Explain the basic operation of a four-stroke diesel engine cylinder.
  14. Describe the starting system of a diesel engine.
  15. Describe the operation of the fuel, air, exhaust, cooling, and lubrication systems of a diesel engine.
  16. Describe the engine speed control system and how the engine is effected by the generator load.
  17. Explain the engine alarms and cool down period upon shutdown.
  18. Describe how a generator functions.
  19. Describe the major generator components.
  20. Explain how the generator frequency output is monitored and how it effects the operation of the engine.
  21. Explain operation and maintenance of the most common excitation systems.
  22. Explain how the voltage regulator alters generator output in response to a voltage deviation.  
  23. Describe generator normal/safe startup and shutdown procedures as well as those circuits, which accomplish this automatically.

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